Our little white Toyota Erios packed to absolute capacity; we travelled back home from holiday.
The moments spent as a family, adventures we were blessed to have had, and the memories made indelibly carved into minds and hearts.
Travelling on the N2 for an hour next to the Indian Ocean we turned left on the N3 direction Windmills just past Howick.
Windmills have become our regular pitstop on our way home. The freshest bread, muffins, sticky buns and coffee are served. They promise to have the best pies and cleanest bathrooms and let me tell you, and they deliver on the promise every time.
Walking into the shop, I see the Manager moving the preserved pickle jars on a wooden table into the exact position and arrangement. She wants perfection for her customers. I greet her, and in the Managers eyes, I see the concern. Summer holidays are normally booming months for businesses like Windmills, but it is not as busy now due to lockdown and the pandemic. Placing an order for a medium-size coffee, I walk over to where Paul, Erin, and Ross collect muffins. After only a few minutes, I turn back to the coffee counter, where the Manager shows me that my coffee is ready.
“Made with a lot of love for you,” the Manager points in the direction of the takeaway cup.
“We love Windmills,” were the only words I could utter, chocked up by the professionalism and heart of this woman.
With eyes wrinkly, we exchanged face mask smiles.
Do we produce the same quality and abundance in daily tasks and at work now that we are in our second year of the pandemic? Where jobs were lost, do we produce the same love and humanity towards others while building new streams of income?
“You, who have shown me great and severe troubles,
Shall revive me again,
And bring me up again from the depths of the earth,
You shall increase my greatness,
And comfort me on every side.”
As you step into your reality daily, take Windmills’ abundance with you and may you experience increase and be comforted on every side.
With love always,
Author of Teacher on the Mount